Karti Chidambaram has triggered a political controversy when he stated that all political parties function like family enterprises that revolve around a supreme leader who cannot be criticized. In his speech, he did not specifically slam or name the Congress. Understandably, Congress is miffed and it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out why. Karti Chidambaram is right when he stated what he did – every Indian knows that he talked sense in the key points that he had raised – that every political party in the country is a family owned enterprise, where debates are not encouraged and the only youth they promote are their own sons, daughters and family members, making it impenetrable for any talented youth to aspire for a leadership position.
Do Karti’s statements ring a bell? Be honest with yourself. When Karti Chidambaram made this statement, which political party’s name popped into your mind instantly? But wait, Congress party is not going to take this lying down. An Indian Express report cites Randeep Surjewala stating that he has not read the full statement, “However, last when I checked, Karti fought from the Parliament seat of his father.”
Ouch! Facepalm, as Twitterati would probably say!
Rubbishing Karti’s statement, Randeep Surjewala also pointed out that Congress had Prime Ministers such as GL Nanda, Lal Bahadur Shastri, PV Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. Karti Chidambaram had also pitched for overturning traditional political party structures that revolve around families and a supreme leader. His call for a new political narrative to suit the aspirations of young Indians who are fed up of dirty politics may sound warning bells to many in the Congress party.
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Though not named specifically in Karti’s references made on ‘Supreme Leader,’ the Congress party has every reason to be upset. Known for its rigid political stance on the ‘High Command’ being an infallible authority and one that is above criticism within the party, Karti’s statements may have rankled many in his own party.
That Karti Chidambaram has pitched for youth like Google CEO Sundar Pichai makes for an interesting political statement but a valid one, where he says, “Such talented Indians will not get an opportunity to lead the nation,” which is a fact if you look at how leaders are finally moulded and projected in Indian politics.
Karti Chidambaram spoke out loud and clear and in all fairness, he didn’t exempt any political party including his own. That he didn’t specify or slam Congress directly is of no consequence because everything he said applies equally to his own party first!